COMMENTARY, 26.06.2017 

Muslims in Indonesia and around the world welcome Idul Fitri Day which fell on 1 Syawal 1438 Hijriyah or 25 June 2017 with great joy. The day is the culmination of the one-whole month fasting which was practiced by Muslims during the month.

Among Muslims, Eid is interpreted as a return to nature or return to holiness. The word Eid means "back" and fitri means "fitrah" or holy. The point is that after the Muslims perform fasting for about one month in Ramadan, on Eid al-Fitr feast they seem to return to the purity or nature that is compared with the newborns.

It is a tradition of Muslims who are the majority in Indonesia to celebrate Eid al-Fitr by gathering with family and relatives in the hometown. Eid is a special moment because on that day the Muslims apologize each other and re-establish the ropes that had been cut off due to their busyness.

Eid ul Fitr festivity should have a positive meaning namely building relationships among fellow beings. It is not only in the form of formal meetings like Halal bi Halal or gathering, but also by visiting relatives’ or friends’ houses, apologizing each other and chatting with them to strengthen brotherhood and friendship. Currently the apology and hospitality are even easier and do not have space and time boundaries, because it can be done through social media such as twitter, facebook, whatsapp and others.

In the Eid prayer sermon at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Quraish Shihab said the Indonesia’s land that stretches from Sabang to Merauke must be built and prospered and should maintain its unity.

Unity according to Quraish Shihab has three meanings. First, the unity of all beings because in spite of the different, all are created and under the control of Allah the Almighty. The second meaning is, because all human beings are made from soil, then all people must respect their fellow human beings, both living and dead, even though they are ungodly. The third meaning according to Quiraish Shihab is the unity of the nation, despite different religions, tribes, beliefs and political views.

Hopefully Eid ul Fitr is not only a moment for joy but also a means to strengthen the ties of friendship and unity not only for Muslims, but also for all Indonesian people.


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